AND MY BURDEN IS LIGHT
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30 KJV)
Blackbird on a Hawk’s Back ©Dept of Interior
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30 KJV)
Blackbird on a Hawk’s Back ©Dept of Interior
“And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.” (Genesis 6:19 KJV)
The first article about our visit to the Ark Encounter which is part of Answers in Genesis was Birdwatching On Board the Ark Encounter – The Doves. Now I would like to show you the other birds we found on the ark.
First, there are no live animals on the this ark, but there are representations of the birds. Some are beautifully sculptured, and the others were real birds that had been stuffed by a taxidermist. Having live animals on-board would be quite involved. The purpose of the Ark, in this respect, is to show how the animals would have been kept on board. More like museum displays.
After entering the ark, there are areas where the cages or enclosures for the animals, birds, and creeping things were held. The cages for the birds were very interesting. For once, my not being able to get a shot through the cage, worked out okay. Now you can see the wood pretty good.
All of them were made of wood, and they were of different sizes, of course. Bigger cages for the larger birds like the Cassowary,
medium to large size for birds like the Sacred Ibis,
and smaller yet for the Parrots.
We also found onboard these birds: A Motmot, a Pigeon (I think), an Osprey, an Owl, a Quail, and another two that I am not sure of. Looks like one of the unknowns is some sort of water bird. If you would like to leave a reply with the names, please do. I have added the photos so they can be seen larger.
In the gift shop, I found these birds for sale. :)
At the Ararat Ridge Zoo, behind the Ark, we found an Emu.
That is about the sum total of the birds we saw. Of course, the Doves that were shown in the first article. It was a little disappointed, but we understand their reasoning. There will have more about the birds and how they were provided for in another Ark Encounter article.
“Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.” (Genesis 6:20 KJV)
“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Matthew 5:39
White-cheeked Turaco (Tauraco leucotis) ©WikiC
“And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Revelation 19:8 KJV)
Great Egret by Quy Tran
“O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.” (1 Chronicles 17:20 KJV)
Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) ©WikiC
BIRDS WITH A MEMORY TO ENVY from Creation Moments
“Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.” (Job 38:41)
The shy bird called Clark’s nutcracker collects food during the growing season and stores it for the cold winter months. In one year, a bird will store between 22,000 and 33,000 seeds in as many as 2,500 locations, which can be more than ten miles apart. But does the little bird remember where he put all those seeds?
Biologists tracked the activity of Clark’s nutcrackers in the San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona. A small army of researchers tracked the birds’ seed gathering and storing activities. One of the first things they discovered was that the birds quickly figured out that they were being observed. Some refused to store food when researchers were watching them. Others faked storing seeds when they were watched. Back in the lab, researchers studied the storing activity of Eurasian nutcrackers. After the birds stored seeds in a large sand floor, the birds were removed. Then the seeds they stored were dug up. When the birds were allowed to return, they quickly discovered that their seeds had been stolen, so they refused to store any more seeds. In the end, researchers concluded that the nutcrackers recover as many as two-thirds of their stored seeds within 13 months.
The remarkable memory of these little birds is their gift from God that enables them to be fed all year around.
Father, I thank You because You are gracious and generous, not just to the birds, but also to me. Amen.
Science News, 2/14: 2004, pp. 103-105, Susan Milius, “Where’d I Put That?”
“Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (1 Timothy 6:19 KJV)
Even though this was posted before, 6 years ago, it was still very interesting and worth reviewing. Interesting Things – Birds With a Memory to Envy. That is why Creation Moments. “Repetition aides learning,” or so they say. Here are some more articles along this same chain of thought.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) Chick and Egg ©USFWS
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
(1 Timothy 5:8 KJV)
Sandwich Tern ©Jürgen Reich
Today we finish the Review of the Passeriformes Order of birds. These are the perching and songbird that are spread around the world for us to enjoy. You can check on the other two reviews with the links at the end of this article. This is the last of the 131 Families currently in this order.
And the lords of the Philistines passed in review by hundreds and by thousands, but David and his men passed in review at the rear with Achish. (1 Samuel 29:2 NKJV)
This verse in I Samuel 29:2 mentions the “lords of the Philistines passed in review by hundreds and by thousands,” That verse has nothing to do with our birds, but we have passed before your eyes for months a review of these beautifully created birds from our Lord. With over 6,000 in the Passerinformes order, they have gone by week after week adding up to hundreds and thousands. I trust you have learned to appreciate the variety and splendor of many of them. Yet, there were some, like the “common, plain” birds that are still there to be enjoyed.
Just as none of us are “plain” or “common”, God loves us all.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.” (Luke 12:6 NKJV)
Here is the last part of the families in this Order. They continue in the Taxonomic order.
Leiothrichidae – Laughingthrushes
Sylviidae – Sylviid Babblers
Zosteropidae – White-eyes
Arcanatoridae – Dapple-throat and allies
Promeropidae – Sugarbirds
Irenidae – Fairy-bluebirds
Regulidae – Goldcrests, Kinglets
Elachuridae – Elachuras
Hyliotidae – Hyliotas
Troglodytidae – Wrens
Polioptilidae – Gnatcatchers
Sittidae – Nuthatches
Tichodromidae – Wallcreeper
Certhiidae – Treecreepers
Mimidae – Mockingbirds, Thrashers
Sturnidae – Starlings, Rhabdornis
Buphagidae – Oxpeckers
Turdidae – Thrushes
Muscicapidae – Chats, Old World Flycatchers (320)
Cinclidae – Dippers
Chloropseidae – Leafbirds
Dicaeidae – Flowerpeckers
Nectariniidae – Sunbirds
Passeridae – Old World Sparrows, Snowfinches
Ploceidae – Weavers, Widowbirds
Estrildidae – Waxbills, Munias and allies
Viduidae – Indigobirds, Whydahs
Peucedramidae – Olive Warbler
Prunellidae – Accentors
Motacillidae – Wagtails, Pipits
Urocynchramidae – Przevalski’s Finch
Fringillidae – Finches
Parulidae – New World Warblers
Incertae-Sedis2 – Family Uncertain-Wrenthrush and Chat
Icteridae – Oropendolas, Orioles and Blackbirds
Coerebidae – Bananaquit
Emberizidae – Buntings, New World Sparrows and allies
Thraupidae – Tanagers and allies
Calcariidae – Longspurs, Snow Buntings
Cardinalidae – Cardinals, Grosbeaks and allies
A list of the Sunday Inspirations about these families. Mr. Joe Cool, as I call him, is one of my favorite Laughingthrushes.
Sylviid Babblers ~ “I Stand Amazed” ~ Faith Baptist Choir
White Eyes ~ “Come, Look To Jesus” ~ Played by Jill Foster at Faith Baptist (during Communion)
Seven Small Families ~ “All Hail The Power” – Faith Baptist Orchestra
Wrens ~ “He is Everything To Me” – Men’s Ensemble – Faith Baptist
Mockingbirds and Thrashers ~ “I Am Loved” ~ Faith Baptist Orchestra
Starlings, Mynas and Rhabdornis ~ “Once Upon A Tree” ~ Choir – and – “Sing To Jesus” ~ Angel Long & Jessie Padgett
Oxpeckers and Thrushes ~ “I Heard The Bells With Peace On Earth” – with Jessie Padgett, Angel Long and the FX Girls
Chats and Old World Flycatchers I ~ “Wise Men Still Seek Him” – Trio and Choir
Chats and Old World Flycatchers II ~ “The Birthday of a King” ~ by Dr. Richard Gregory, now in Glory
Chats and Old World Flycatchers III ~ O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Meagan Fee on Violin and Jill Foster accompanying
Dippers, Leafbirds and Flowerpeckers ~ Faith Medley” – Faith Baptist Choir
Sunbirds and Spiderhunters ~ “The Fountain” Harp — 9-year-old Alisa Sadikova – Video
Old World Sparrows ~ “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” – Don Marsh Orchestra
Weavers and Allies ~ “Jesus What A Might Name” – Pastor Jerry w/Choir and Orchestra
Waxwings and Allies I ~ “My Jesus I Love Thee” – by Meagan Fee (didn’t work 1st time-fixed)
Waxwings and Allies II ~ “My Jesus I Love Thee” – by Meagan Fee at Faith Baptist
Wagtails and Pipits ~ “Glorious Love” – Choir, Orchestra, Solo by Pastor Jerry
Finches I ~ “Mercies Anew” ~ by Lisa Brock, accompanied by Jill Foster
Finches II ~ “My Faith Has Found A Resting Place” ~ ©Artisans in Brass (Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs-Album) Used with permission
Finches III ~ “Shout To The North and the South” ~ by Faith Baptist Church Choir
Finches IV ~ “Once Upon A Tree” ~ by Faith Baptist Church Choir
New World Warblers – I ~ “How Can I Keep From Singing?” ~ Pastor Jerry Smith, Reagan, Caleb and Jessie
New World Warblers – II ~ “Heavenly Sunlight” ~ by Artisans in Brass
Three Small Families ~ “I’ll Be a Friend to Jesus” ~ Faith Baptist Quartet
Icteridae Family II ~ “It Is Well With My Soul” ~ by Sean Fielder
Icteridae Family III ~ “Stay Close To Me” ~ ©Hyssongs
Emberizidae’s – Buntings ~ “Triumphantly The Church Will Rise” ~ Faith Baptist Men’s Quintet
Emberizidae – Part II ~ “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” ~ by Kathy Lisby at Faith Baptist
Emberizidae Family Allies I ~ “Be Thou My Vision” ~ by Ladies and Girls Choir on Mother’s Day
Emberizidae Family Allies II ~ “Worthy The Lamb” – Faith Baptist Choir and Orchestra
Thraupidae – Tanagers and Allies I – “My Jesus I Love Thee” ~ Faith Baptist Orchestra
Thraupidae – Tanagers and Allies II – “My Faith Still Holds” ~ Faith Baptist Orchestra
Thraupidae – Tanagers and Allies III – “Jesus Paid It All” – Men’s Father’s Day Choir and “While The Ages Roll” – Men’s Quartet
Thraupidae – Tanagers and Allies IV – “El Shaddai” ~ by Nell Reese
Thraupidae – Dacnis, Honeycreepers, Conebills ~ “Amazing Grace” and “I Love You, Written in Red” – – Orchestra & Choir (Faith Baptist Church)
Thraupidae – Flowerpiercers, Sierra Finches, Plus ~ “Your Grace is Sufficient” ~ Special by Courtney Love – Flute
Inca, Warbling and Various Finches ~ “Quiet Rest” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer” ~ by Kathy Lisby – Nell Reese acc. on piano.
Thraupidae Tanagers and Allies VIII ~ “And Can It Be” – Sung by Angel Long and acc. Sean Fielder*
Thraupidae Tanagers and Allies Finale ~ “Hallelujah For The Cross” ~ by Jessie Padgett
Calcariidae – Longspurs and Snow Buntings ~ “House on A Rock” ~ by the Summer Kid’s Choir
Cardinalidae Family of Cardinals Plus ~ “Written in Red” – Orchestra & Choir
Cardinalidae Wrap-up ~ “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” ~ Choir and Orchestra
“And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain,” (2 Chronicles 13:12a KJV)
“Ship Ahoy ~ by Dr. Richard Gregory
“But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.” (Genesis 8:9 KJV)
Noah taking the Dove Back on board the Ark Encounter by Lee
On Monday, September 12, 2016 we visited the Ark Encounter in Kentucky. One of my goals was to find as many birds as I could on the Ark. Dan and I were on vacation for almost two weeks and the highlight of our trip was a visit to the Ark. When you first see the size of the, it is overwhelming. The picture below is almost deceiving. The Ark spans ” 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high.” (From the website)
“And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” (Genesis 6:19-22 KJV)
The first bird I observed was a carved bird in a workshop on board the Ark. It appears to be a dove, maybe.
Then we saw a dove resting before its next venture out of the Ark.
“And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.” (Genesis 8:11-12 KJV)
The next dove we saw was on a mural depicting various events in Genesis.
Stay tuned as the other birds are revealed. We know from Scripture that there were seven pairs of every “kind” of birds/fowls on board the ark. I have more to show you.
“And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 7:1-3 KJV)
Just some of the latest articles here about the Ark:
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